Every year, millions try to craft a New Year’s Resolution that will help them escape their unhealthy eating or poor exercise habits. They make great progress for a month, maybe two.
Then they either give up or lose interest in fulfilling the contract that they made with themselves to change.
You may understand this disappointing defeat. Millions of others just like you have also experienced it.
But times are changing, most importantly, Technology is changing, and the nature of exercise and self-control is changing along with it. Every year brilliant women and men invent mind-bending technologies we never thought were possible.
Those same Technologies offer the promise of saving people from bad exercise habits and lead them into having a fit, healthy lifestyle.
Some of these technologies currently exist in their infancy, and if so we will provide links so you can try them for yourself.
Wearables include Fitness Trackers like the Fitbit, or Basis, or the Apple Watch, and Android Wear. While many people think these are temporary fads, but studies show that “activity trackers are here to stay”.
20 years from now expect activity trackers/smart-watches to integrate more accurate monitoring of steps, BPM, blood pressure, perspiration and sleep.
They will have more of an aesthetic appeal, compatibility with other software, phones, and GPS capabilities while being affordable, and compact.
The data they track will be more exact, integrated with several applications, and many companies may try to include a “coach” that can encourage you with your progress.
Imagine someone getting really injured or extremely dehydrated on a jog, and emergency responders can be contacted via an alert through their activity tracker.
These will help collect the accurate data needed to make right decisions about how you exercise, when you exercise, which exercise works best, what you should eat, when you should eat, etc.
2. VIRTUAL REALITY
Virtual Reality is expected to be a 15 billion dollar industry by the year 2020.
Despite its impressive growth, all of its capabilities are yet to be realized. However, some companies are taking advantage of the VR revolution and are creating VR Biking, VR Running, and of course VR Gaming.
Let’s face it, for most people,
exercise is really really boring.
If you have ran in a 5k, Half-Marathon, or Marathon you have experienced the rush that has helped propel you. Why? Because running became fun, it is now a competition, it isn’t a boring run all by yourself.
Running in the woods is also really fun.
With VR, you can go to places you have never been: you can bike in the Alps, run from zombies, and hike through the amazon.
While it may not be as enjoyable as the real thing(except zombies), it is certainly more affordable than traveling and really biking in the alps, or some other magnificent location, like Kauai.
Yes, it looks silly. Right now at least. But it doesn’t matter if you are biking in Italy.
How will this make you healthier? You would actually want to bike, hike, and run because you are actually having fun during your 30-60 minute exercise session.
What VR will hopefully implement at some point, is the ability to do all of these activities with those around you.
Probably the most exciting advancement that is really making progress right now.
It scares many people, of course, that a large amount of data could be collected about them, and stored away on some server that they have no real control over.
However, 55% of people do not expect their personal information to be private online. This is expected to grow as more people are influenced by technology.
We can expect a lot of dramatic lifestyle improvements once we are able to utilize data more often to track and “optimize” our lifestyles.
We should have more connectivity between applications. For instance, one helpful integration you can do today: you can track your run in an App like Runkeeper[link], which connects directly to MyFitnessPal.
Among many other things, MyfitnessPal tracks your calories, so if you go out for a run, RunKeeper will push the calories burned during that run into MyFitnessPal so you would have extra calories that you could “consume” budgeted within MyFitnessPal.
If you can connect the data between the Activity Tracker, a WiFi Scale, and track your calories, you could make better decisions about what you eat, and when you eat.
Or better yet, you could have a coach/algorithm review the data so they can tell you what you should stop eating, or what is okay to eat, and when.
In the future, you could also monitor your best performance during exercise and be informed of the best time to exercise, so you can break through your plateaus.
Everyone’s body is different. Tracking data between all of these apps, and technologies allows you to get a better gauge on what really works with your body.
Finally at some point all of this data could be connected to your doctor, or even an automated system that could determine if you are sick because there is a dramatic difference in your body chemistry due to a slight alteration in your heart rate, perspiration, and sleep patterns.
Data, VR, and Wearables will revolutionize how everyone experiences exercise. Because of VR it will no longer be boring drudgery. Using wearables, you can collect the accurate data you need to optimize your exercise plans.
Perhaps the hardest parts of exercise will be resolved, but you don’t need to wait 20 years for the most accurate data.